Amy McLeod, a third-year student at the University of Maine School of Law, won the award for Best Oral Argument during the annual Trilateral Moot Court Competition, held November 10 and 11.
The Trilateral is a high-level moot competition between Maine Law, the University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law. The competition is held in the fall, and the location rotates among the three participating universities. The problem is traditionally based on a moot case in an area of domestic law raising important legal issues in Canada and the United States.
The team representing Maine Law consisted of law students McLeod, Erin McNamara, Annie Holbrook and Courtney Goodwin.
“Amy and the rest of the Maine team did an excellent job representing Maine Law in the written and oral portions of the competition,” said Prof. Angela Arey
McLeod is a 2009 graduate of Williams College, where she majored in English and Political Science. She is the founder and volunteer coach for the Congressional Debate Team at Greely High School in Cumberland. It was the second straight year in which a Maine Law competitor took the prize for Best Oral Argument. Last year’s winner was Timothy Wannemacher, who graduated last spring.
Students are selected for the Moot Court Team based on an appellate competition which evaluates written and oral skills. The members of the second-year Moot Court Board assist in coaching the first-year students in their moot court arguments. In addition, the Moot Court teams represent Maine Law in a number of interschool competitions nationally, such as the Trilateral, the Environmental Moot Court Competition, the Duberstein Bankruptcy Law Competition and the Invitational Moot Court Tournament.